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Parmley Bodied Jeep in the Wild

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Bob wasn’t sure what this vehicle was when he photographed it in 2008, but now we know.  Here’s a Parmley bodied jeep in the wild.


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Parmley Engineering’s Jeep Replacement Body

As many of you know, I am very curious about the fiberglass aftermarket bodies made for the jeep.  While I’ve seen most models for sale over the years, I have yet to run across Parmley Engineering’s fiberglass body, one of the more unique ones ever created.

After wrecking his CJ-5 in the early 1970s, Californian Tom Parmley, a machinist by trade, decided to build himself a better body for his still-good chassis.  He wanted the body to legally accommodate  wider tires, a dash box with more room, a hood that was lower, and other features.  So, he built and tested his dream body with great success.  Along the way, he received so much positive feedback that he created a kit so others could easily install a Parmley body on their CJ-5 Chassis.

So far, I have only located two resources that document this body.  One is the February 1974 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine, which featured a multi-page article about the new body.  Additionally, at least two issues of Four Wheeler Magazine also have ads for the Parmley body kit.  The other resource is a June 1975 Popular Mechanics article.  The Pop-Mech article also shows off the fiberglass top he invented (at least I assume it is fiberglass).

Here are a couple publicity photos taken by Tom Parley and published in the Feb 1974 issue of Four Wheeler:

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This image shows the Parmley with a top and is from Popular Mechanics.  Note the top example sports Desert Dogs …


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Willys Truck at Felix’s Fish Camp in Spanish Fort, Alabama

• CATEGORIES: Features, Last Ride, Willys Trucks

Bob’s down in Spanish Fort, Alabama, to photograph the Godaddy.com Bowl on Sunday when Kent State battles Arkansas State.  Of all the events at that bowl, I’m thinking the coaches wives got the best gig:  lunch at Wintzell’s Oyster House (a good place to eat if Yelp is to be believed). Uh oh, now I’m hungry.  Anyway, while down there, Bob spotted this poor old truck at Felix’s Fish Camp (another good place to eat).  It appears rooted permanently to the beach.  Of course, he thought of us ….

About the truck Bob says, “I looked under the hood and the truck still had the straight 6. Frame was almost rusted in half and the top was gone on the truck. Pretty cool though!’



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MB outfitted with a Welder

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator, Old Images

Dave saw yesterday’s post and promptly emailed this great photo of a welder enable MB.


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Bantam BRC-60ish Postcard on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Bantam-FordGP-WillysMA-EarlyJPs, Features, Postcards

Is this postcard based on art by any particular artist that anyone recognizes?

Published by Artway Cards.
CONDITION: Some corner wear. Upper right corner more severely damaged and lightly crumpled. Thin postcard stock. Postally unused.”

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The Green Row Crop and Field Sprayer Brochure **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

The pictures suggest this is a complicated setup.


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Welders on the Battlefield from Popular Science

• CATEGORIES: Features, Industrial-Welder-Generator, Magazine • TAGS: .

Here’s an interesting article in the May 1945 issue of Popular Science about welding on the battlefield that includes several references to using jeeps as portable welding units. There is a copy on eBay for only $5.99. Here are a couple images from the article:



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A Photo of Bill Mauldin in a Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

Buz found this picture on a biography blog post about Gregory Duncan.  Here, Greg is pictured with Bill Mauldin, a photo neither Buz nor I had seen.  You’ll notice “Up Front” stenciled on the front bumper, which is also the name of a book published that contains a wide variety of his drawings.


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Hand Drawn Ink Poster Originally for Insurance Company on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Artists/Drawings, Features

It sounds like there might be more than one of these posters of the Ford Jeep?

“This is not a photo – it is an artist illustrated Pen Ink Hand Drawn  poster print.We have listed a collection of these oversized prints that are from our Automotive Museum Archives.This was our most popular exhibit.To see the others listed go to our Ebay Store and enter = auto pen ink  =in the search field.During the 1980’s Pacific Standard Life Insurance Company was selling only life insurance and they decided to add auto insurance to their products and they created an exhibit that was going to be displayed thru out the United States but the project never got off the ground as they ended up filing backruptcy and all their clients became part of Hartford Insurance company. Our Museum purchased the entire exhibit and it became part of our Transportation Museum.Each is handdrawn and that also includes all the lettering.No other Ebay seller will list these as this is an exclusive listing.These are GEM MINT and are on a heavy weight cardstock.Each is matted and the size outside matt is  14 x 14 inches.We accept Paypal.Pay one shipping charge of 6.85 and all others selected will be shipped FREE.

Group  your favorite  posters together and create your own exhibit of your antique cars. One of the things that makes these pen ink posters so special are features of that years model are identified and some even have the selling price for that respective year.These were done over many decades and were at times featured in newspapers thur out the US. If you are looking for something unusal and a great converstaion piece = you just found it.LC 110”

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1955 Farnsworth-Middlekauf Generator Brochure

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

This brochure shows a generator installed in a panel wagon.

“Original non color sales sheet , 8.5 x 11 , three file holes at edge , printed both sides . Shows and describes the Jeep optional accessories . Also included is a typewritten sheet , 8.5 x 11 , which includes prices of the options.”


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1951 Ringling Barnum Circus Jeeps 3, 4 & 5

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Old Images • TAGS: .

The Milner Library at Illinois State University has a collection of Circus Memorabilia, including a nice digital archive. I’ve selected a couple of images that show jeeps Numbers 3, 4, and 5 from the Ringling Barnum Circus.

As you can see below, No 3 is working hard holding up Carmen Barrigon, while No. 4 lazily watches.



Meanwhile, No. 5 is doing all the heavily lifting. The photographer, Sverre O. Braathen, calls this a Ford Jeep, but it looks like a CJ-3A the way the bumper is bolted onto the frame, though it also has a CJ-2A windshield. The rear PTO is raising the platforms for seating. My circus book has a good shot of the PTO setup from the rear, but I haven’t had a chance to scan that.



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Photograph of a Pepsi Surrey

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Dave shared this image of a Pepsi Surrey.  This is a little clearer than a similar picture shown on the CJ-3B page.



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1954 Fiat Campagnola Diesel Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International • TAGS: .

Glenn spotted a brochure for this Jeep-like vehicle.  There some great PTO shots, too. You can learn more about them at Wikipedia.

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1954 Willys Boat Motor Flexidrive Brochure

Glenn spotted this unusual brochure. This brochure describes the Lightening Six Motor being used as a boat motor.

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1952 Willys Ad from Mexico on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Old News Articles

Here’s an unusual newspaper ad spotted by Glenn.

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1950 Fiat Campagnola Brochure **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, International • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Was on eBay.

(12/07/2012) This is a cool brochure. More pics on eBay.

“original color folder , 5.5 x 8 folded , 16.5 x 8 unfolded . This is the first brochure printed on the Campagnola . It also shows a map from Algeria to Cape Town of a record run in Africa by the Campagnola.”

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Factory Photo of a CJ-2A & Trailer

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

David’s brother bought this factory photo at a car show. This didn’t have any information on the back, but does have a good looking trailer with an interesting box.


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1961 Camp N Cargo Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, Willys Trucks

Here is a rare brochure.

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1969 Meyer Rotary Broom Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features


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1969 Meyer Spreader Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

It looks like there are three different type of spreaders. I’ve never seen one of these for resale.

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Pop up Jeep Deko Model Toy on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, International, toys

This is a vintage model that is motorized and needs assembly.

“Up for sale is a Pop up Jeep “Deko” Motorized Model Kit – 1/24 scale made by NITTO in JAPAN. This is a very rare vintage model and is very collectible. Box is open, but is in the original box and is not assembled and looks to include all the parts as well as the Instruction Sheet and the decals.”

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Backhoe for Sale Brook Park, MN

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Dave spotted this unit. He says the guy has been trying to sell it for a couple years. Dave doesn’t have the seller’s name nor number at the moment, but was able to get some pictures of it.

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Hello Jeep! A 1944 Movie Short by Frederico Fellini & Kremos

• CATEGORIES: Artists/Drawings, Features

Roberto spotted this blog post about a movie short created early in their careers by Oscar winning Frederico Fellini and Kremos (Niso Ramponi) called “Hello Jeep!”. There are a variety of wonderful images and plenty of information. Nice find Roberto!



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Another Service Station Truck

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

A thread of gas station pictures forwarded to me by Craig & Colin includes a picture of a service station jeep truck similar to the one from yesterday.


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Year? Panel Wagon Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Here’s an interesting brochure.

“This is a Willys Original Folio. Opens to approx. 16 x 22″ Folds closed for mailing.”

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